The embargo has been lifted and the reviews are coming in for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. Critics absolutely love director Ryan Coogler’s new film.

You can include me in that group who loved Black Panther. You can see my review, alongside my co-host, Mark Hughes, in the video review we did for Superhero News.

And here are excerpts from more Black Panther reviews online right now.

Black Girl Nerds:

The final word: it’s afro-futuristic and Blackity-black as hell.  It’s everything I’ve ever desired in a live-action version of this popular superhero and yet so much more. Quite frankly, the experience is indescribable. I left the theater wanting to see this movie at least 10 more times. I already know that Black Panther‘s weight in gold at the box office will be in repeat viewings, because we just won’t want this cinematic experience to end.


Black Panther pounces toward the head of the class in a way that should make the King, and his key subjects, a cornerstone of an already-formidable roster.

The Hollywood Reporter:

There’s no mistaking you’re still in the Marvel universe here, but this entry sweeps you off to a part of it you’ve never seen, a hidden lost world in Africa defined by royal traditions and technological wonders that open up refreshing new dramatic, visual and casting possibilities. Getting it right where other studios and franchises — they know who they are — get it wrong, Marvel and Disney have another commercial leviathan here

Entertainment Weekly:

[Coogler] infuses nearly every frame with soul and style, and makes the radical case that a comic-book movie can actually have something meaningful — beyond boom or kapow or America — to say. In that context, Panther’s nuanced celebration of pride and identity and personal responsibility doesn’t just feel like a fresh direction for the genre, it’s the movie’s own true superpower.

News One:

Innovative, intelligent and empowering. When I was younger, all we had was Billy Dee Williams in Star Wars. Black and brown children need a movie like Black Panther to boost their imagination and help them to dream the impossible.


Ryan Coogler’s superhero adventure is a crowd-pleasing spectacle and an introspective examination of the moral duty of those who avoided the scars of oppression.


Black Panther celebrates its hero’s heritage while delivering one of Marvel’s most all-around appealing standalone installments to date.


While many Marvel films feel like small pieces of a larger story, Black Panther is an entire cinematic universe unto itself.

Rolling Stone:

Say this about Black Panther, which raises movie escapism very near the level of art: You’ve never seen anything like it in your life.


As a nerd and as a black man, I’ve been waiting for this movie for my entire life, whether I knew it or not. The fact that Black Panther gets so much right, but one crucial thing wrong, is both thrilling and maddening.


A giddily enjoyable, convention-bucking 134-minute epic that somehow manages to simultaneously be a comic-book blockbuster, a pulsating espionage thriller and an Afro-futurist family saga.

The Verge:

It’s gripping, funny, and full of spectacle, but it also feels like a turning point, one where the studio has finally recognized that its movies can be about more than just selling the next installment.


Black Panther perfects what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has always done so well: build a world so richly rendered, it’s almost a letdown to reach the end of the film and realize it’s time to return to our own reality.

USA Today:

While the themes are deep, Black Panther is at the same time a visual joy to behold, with confident quirkiness, insane action sequences and special effects, and the glorious reveal of Wakanda,

Black Panther is in theaters February 16 and you can get your tickets here.